For someone who is an “old soul”, life can be a very different experience. You may be young but somehow you feel as though you’ve been walking the Earth for a hundred years. You don’t exactly fit in with people of your age group or generation. You don’t care much or have an eye for trends or social norms, and you’re often the last to keep up with modern pop culture. You are not alone though. We may be few and far between, but there are numerous old souls out there who feel just like you do.
Here are 5 things that only old souls can really understand.
1. Civilization vs. Nature
Being an old soul usually means a love of the natural world. You have a special connection with nature because all in all, Earth is unchanging and feels like the only reliable constant truth. You are comfortable in and can understand the beauty of a forest, the crisp night sky full of stars, or the soothing sound of rolling ocean waves lapping at the beach. These things make you feel safe and grounded, while the bustling cities, with bright lights and constant over stimulation feel tense and unnecessary. You don’t really get the point of having 3 Starbuck’s within two blocks of your house or going out to a club where everything real and natural is drowned out by electronics. You feel no affinity with the concrete jungle and you struggle to find any beauty or purpose there.
2. You see the big picture
You are well aware of how temporary this human life is in the grand scheme of things. You know you are a tiny speck in the face of a vast universe, a grain of sand in the endless shoreline, but this is neither sad nor bothersome to you. Seeing and understanding the big picture, global or cosmic, doesn’t mean you don’t know how important even this impermanent short human life is. You know that every tiny action can affect great things, every speck can change the picture. This is why you take great care to live your life in a way that aligns with your principles and beliefs. You want whatever legacy you leave behind to be noble, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
3. Solitude is important to you
You enjoy other people and their company, but being an old soul tends to make you feel like a bit of a misfit at times. You spend a lot of time in your own head, and social interaction can be exhausting for you after a while. Y ou need regular time to yourself to look inward and gather your thoughts, rest and recuperate your mind and recharge for the new day.
4. People in your age group are frustrating/tiring
People who are old souls are more intuitive than others who are the same age. They tend to have a deeper understanding of mature concepts, and this causes a disconnect between them and their typical peers. Social interaction with others your age might be frustrating, as you end up feeling the need to explain things that seem simple or straight forward to you, sometimes repeatedly. It can also be plain tiresome, being surrounded by what feels like children. Don’t despair though, you can always find your tribe, it just may take a little extra searching. You may not make many friends in your year at school, but you’ll make them elsewhere.
5. You have an innate thirst for knowledge
As an old soul you know that material things have no real value, money is meaningless and even people come and go, but there is one thing you value more than anything else. That is knowledge. This is one thing that cannot be stolen or removed, it is timeless and ageless, in many ways just like you. You have a need to learn as much as you can about anything and everything that peaks your curiosity. There is no subject that is off limits or too mundane, it all has value and importance for you. This is a great thing and one of your best qualities. It’s also one of the reasons that old souls excel in teaching positions. You have so much to teach others as you are always learning yourself and are naturally inclined toward patience with an eager student.